Saturday, October 1, 2011

OCTOBER CRICUT 100 CARTRIDGE BLOG HOP DAY TWO


Welcome to DAY TWO of our monthly hop around the block and visit a wide range of wonderful Cricut crafters. SO MUCH TALENT on this Design Team that I am honored to be on, and on your travels you will see over 100 different Cricut cartridges in use!

You should have come from the super amazing Laura's blog.  If you did not please start at the beginning of the hop at h
ttp://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/  
Too many great projects we don't want you to miss!   NOT TO MENTION THERE ARE PRIZES INVOLVED!!!  WOOO!  Should you get lost the entire lineup can be found at the bottom of this post.

Onto my cartridges for this month.  I was recently asked to make a banner and card set for a John Deere themed birthday party.  I thought...  sure... I could do a green tractor, but how cool if I could get the logo on there somewhere.  So here's how I did it:

Using Cricut Craft Room (trust me, its worth the wait.  The kinks are annoying and the program seems to work better every time I use it) I selected the tractor from "Everyday Paper Dolls" and then found the perfect deer shape on "Going Places", tilted it, and dropped it ontop of the tractor engine area.  I cut that from green.  I cut one of the same without the deer in yellow.  Once cut, I trimmed the green seat, wheel and bumper away to further show the yellow.  Then I custom created ovals to match the wheel sizes to cover over the tractor wheels.  Once it was put together it looked a little too "clean" to me so I dirtied it up with some walnut ink brushed on with a piece of felt by hand.

Not sure what to do with my new little creation, I decided to give it a sceen on a card.  Not sure if I will put a child's age in the clouds?  Either way, its blank for now.  I used Plantin Schoolbook for the grass and Going Places for the clouds.  The sky and grass hill are hand cut.  Chalking completes the detail. 


My next project was made for a friend of mine named Amy.  She has a business called Forever In A Flash Photography and she is incredibly talented.  Her pictures literally make me gasp sometimes.  If you are in the Baltimore area, you should check out her work.  MY photography, on the other hand, leaves a little to be desired.  Sorry for the poor quality here....

Once I saw this posted photo on Amy's page, I wanted to show what a custom mat could do to enhance the photograph.  I wanted to compliment the soft browns and reds of the photos and add some femininity with a soft purple.  I used CCR to create a mat, and a plum border for the mat opening.  I chose a little sentiment from "Sugar and Spice" and cut it at 3.25" in a dark gray color and used the plum cardstock for the heart.  For a variation, I made a second mat "accessory" cutting "S" from Ashlyn's Alphabet  in black and used a prima flower on the bottom right side.


Thank you, as always, for stopping by and honoring me with your visit today!  I hope that along this weekend's hop that you have found some great project inspiration from the fantastic gals on this team!

Your next stop on the hop is on Lezlye at  http://lezlyes.blogspot.com


In case you get lost, here is the lineup:

24. Gayle Schrader- http://gscraptime.blogspot.com
26. Heather S - http://operationcricutdesign.blogspot.com   YOU ARE HERE
30. Lisa Newton-Orensky - www.allmadebylisa.blogspot.com

44 comments:

  1. What a fun John Deere tractor! That turned out great! And I love your altered picture frames, very pretty! Great projects for today's hop!

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  2. Heather your post is up and terrific!!!! TFS

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  3. Great projects. I love the picture frames.

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  4. Those picture frames are awesome! I just covered a mat for a cross stitch project and loved how it turned out. I love how you added the work and monogram to yours!
    Tracy
    jtg0398(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  5. Both are great projects I love how different the first one is and the 'smoke' on the tractor! VERY original! Thank you for being a part of my design team and this hop.

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  6. love the tractor card and the frame is a fabulous idea.. I am so going to have to do that

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  7. Great projects. Love the smoke coming out of the tractor. That's a great touch.
    http://lorisartsyobsession.blogspot.com/

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  8. Great job Heather! Love the Tractor!! My kids loved it too!! Out of the mouth of my 2.5 yr old Jimmy, "that's a Beautiful tracker" hehe! Thanks for sharing!!

    Many Blessings,
    Tina

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  9. Love all the projects especially the framed photos!

    Holly

    hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

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  10. I am a new follower. Great projects. TFS

    mjblahnik56@hotmail.com

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  11. gorgeous photo frames!!!
    Eva :0)
    evascrapslife(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com
    I have a giveaway on my blog

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  12. You really nailed the John Deere awesome job! Now I need Going Places! And your mats are lovely! TFS!

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  13. Great projects! Your John Deere was just so clever, and I really like those frames!

    Liz
    17eroses@gmail.com

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  14. Great projects Heather! I especially love the tractor even though it's green and we farm with red on our farm! ;) Love it!


    http://manicexpressionsdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  15. that photo mat is beautiful, never thought to do that, thanks for the great idea!

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  16. Oh I love the tractor!! Great idea!!

    ♥ Laura ♥
    tweetyb@satx.rr.com
    http://laurascraftsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  17. Beautiful projects love the tractor TFS

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  18. Cute! & I really like what u did with the photo, adorable

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  19. Great job with the tractor and the frames.
    http://digipage-blog.everything-digital-scrapbooking.com

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  20. Love your projects!!! Especially the frame!

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  21. Love the tractor, great way to improvise.

    lflinesatcomcastdotnet

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  22. Great projects Heather! Love the tractor - that is so cute. But that photo - how adorable is that? Love how you matted it - really improves the already fabulous picture! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Love that tractor and the smoke coming out! Cute. I really like the photo mats you created. Beautiful! TFS.

    Kris
    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

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  24. Mu husband is a John Deere fan... your project has inspired me for his net birthday! I love the framed photo and embellishments too!

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  25. You made the most cutest John tractor!! My brother loves them. I might have to make one in pink for my niece.

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  26. I enjoyed your projects, thanks for sharing

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  27. Your John Deere is fantastic! Thanks for sharing both of your great projects!

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  28. Love the Smoke coming out of the Tractor. So Cute! Love the Picture Frame! :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

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  29. Beautiful frames...this is such a fun and personal way to dress up any frame. TFS!

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  30. Great tractor! And love how you fixed up the frame! Gorgeous picture too!

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  31. your photo mat is fantastic. your john deere on the other hand..hun. you shoulda been a designer. my hubby has a deere, and a couple other tractors, international, ford. anyway....love putting your deer on your deere. and that black smoke????? ida never thought to do that...i 'LOVE IT'.

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  32. I just love the picture frame...and yes, the photo is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
    Teresa
    happiqueen at aol.com

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  33. Love, Love the frame and accents. Great job!!!

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  34. Love your frames. Cute idea for the "deere" logo:-) TFS!

    ~Tammy S

    tammy dot schmitt at mac dot com
    http://thepurplemuse.blogspot.com

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  35. Great projects!

    Michelle
    mcoleman9641@wideopenwest.com

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  36. You did a great job on that tractor! And the smoke coming out was such a neat touch. Your frame is very pretty too. Thats something I've been wanting to try.

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  37. So cute. I love the picture frame!

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  38. Great project! got to love John Deere!! :)

    TFS

    Lisa G
    http://lisa-scrappingspot.blogspot.com/

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  39. lovely projects! Glad to hop over to your blog to see your creations.

    Luanne
    myfootahead@gmail.com
    http://craftersreference.blogspot.com/

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  40. Great projects! I love them both!

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  41. Love the photo frame! Denise. queenbee.speigle@gmail.com

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  42. Your picture frames are great. AMy azivy@hotmail.com

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